Softball season ends despite positive record

By Noe Ortega

Husky softball ended its season with a positive 21-17 record, but fell short of making playoffs.

East Los Angeles College softball had its best season since the 2013-14 season where they finished 29-11 overall and won the South Coast Conference as well.

Since then ELAC has ended its season with negative records like 15-21, 17-21 and 18-22. Out of the 21 players on this season’s roster, 11 of them played their last season for ELAC.

Sophomores like shortstop Angelina Gonzalez, catcher Destiny Avena, right fielder Dominique De Alba, third baseman Sara Serrano, second baseman Samantha Alvarado, infielder Ralynda Delarea, left fielder Natalie Acosta, first baseman Jessica Hernandez, and center fielder Monne’t Manning will leave Husky softball this semester.

The Huskies played 38 games and finished with 223 runs, a batting average of .315 and 14 home runs. 10 of which were from Manning.

Manning ranked first place in most home runs scored, most runs batted in and had the highest batting average, .517, in the SCC-North. Freshman infielder Julie Granadeno placed fourth in the SCC-North with 35 RBI’s.

Team talk—Husky softball head coach Erika Blanco gives her team a pep talk during a inning switch in a 8-3 loss to Pasadena City College last month at home. cn/ Noe Ortega

Freshman pitcher Angelita Villalvazo played 19 out of the 38 games.

She pitched 64 innings, recorded 41 strikeouts, allowed 67 hits, six wins, three losses and two saves.

Freshman pitcher Majisty Shomo appeared in 33 out of 38 games.

She pitched 141.1 innings, allowed 208 hits, 100 earned runs and 38 strikeouts.

Even though Shomo has a negative record in win and losses, she’s ranked third in the SCC-North with 10 wins.

ELAC softball’s best moment came in March, when they won eight of the 11 games played that month.

They also had a five game winning streak and a conference win against SCC-North champions Mount San Antonio College.

The Huskies began the season with a win against Los Angeles Mission College in late January, but had a tough February.

With only five wins out of 13 games played in February, including a four-game losing streak and the first conference losses to Mt. SAC and Pasadena City College.

ELAC played 11 games in March, but due to rain, the Huskies had three games postponed until April.

April, however, was a mixed month for softball. Even though the Huskies had more games won then lost, they went through some tough defeats that lead to ELAC’s playoff hopes being crumbled, such as a conference loss to Chaffey College 13-3, two conference losses to PCC, and a 4-2 defeat against Mt. Sac.

ELAC softball head coach Erika Blanco said in an interview with Campus News after an 8-3 loss to PCC last month, she wasn’t sure if they would make it to the playoffs due to the performance of her team.

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